Cop kills wife and himself, injures her suspected lover in the Northern Cape

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The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating an incident in the Northern Cape in which a police officer shot his wife dead, injured her suspected lover and then killed himself.

IPID investigators are said to be on their way to the scene to probe the cause of death as a result of police action.

Spokesperson Grace Langa said the shooting took place in the early hours of Saturday.

"It is alleged that a police officer, who is a sergeant by rank, shot his wife [and] a male person who was at the place. Then he fled the scene."

Police chased after him and when they accosted him in Springbok, he turned the gun on himself, Langa added.

The suspected lover is in hospital.

She said the police were informed shortly after 06:00 that the 39-year-old officer, attached to the Public Order Police in Springbok, had shot and killed his 32-year-old wife and wounded another man who had been with her.

The officer's wife had three bullet wounds - one through her shoulder, another to her hip and another under her arm.

She had been declared dead at the scene.

The 24-year-old man had been hit on the side of his head and was in a critical condition at Springbok Hospital before he was transferred to Upington Hospital, Langa added.

Cartridges were retrieved from the scene of the shooting as well as from the sergeant's car on Carolusberg Road in which he is said to have shot himself with his service pistol.

His wife's phone was also found in the vehicle.

Langa said the family was being interviewed.

"Our investigators are meeting with the sister of the wife and will share her knowledge of the [rumoured] relationship after all interviews," she added.

 

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